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The ESL (English as a Second Language) class has been rapidly expanding. Find out how this program works and what kind of students it teaches.



New rules regarding homeroom, school lunches, and graduation requirements have caused a school-wide outcry, but the reasoning behind them is not well known. Administrators give their take on these new policies.

MYPARKHILL.COM CLUB UPDATES Find out what’s new with different clubs throughout the school, such as Science Club, Art Club, and Thespians.




Library books have been leaving the shelves. Find out why and where they’re going,



Brooke Barnard is a star tennis player for the Lady Trojans. She gives her take on the sport and why she loves it.



Google fiber is coming to Kansas City before it goes anywhere else. What does this mean for the northland?



Drug and alcohol use have been glorified in teen media, but Park Hill’s own SADD is fighting back.

The Trojan, published monthly during the regular school year, is the official publication of Park Hill High School, and is printed by Osage Graphics in Olathe, Kansas. All unsigned editorials represent the opinion of The Trojan staff. Editorials do not necessarily represent the opinion of the faculty or administration including the advisor. The student body receives this paper free of charge to encourage readership, promote awareness of school and community events, and issues, and to showcase student journalistic work. The Trojan welcomes letters to the editors. All letters must be signed to be published, but may be anonymous if the author chooses. Letters may be no more than 350 words and must be delivered to room 350 ten days prior to publication. The Trojan staff welcomes comments, questions and opinions. Send comments to 7701 Barry Road, Kansas City, Mo 64153, or call 816-359-6238.

Check out this behind-the-scenes coverage of Park Hill’s upcoming musical.

CAMILLE’SMEDI COLUMN A BIAS The other day, I was channel surfing when I stumbled upon a news report about how today in politics, it’s almost impossible to find unbiased media. I don’t remember exactly how the newscaster said it, but it was something along the lines of: news media was formerly intended to inform, and now its main purpose is to incite. Unbiased, nonpartisan, and full overage of facts is no longer profitable. It’s not like we need a PBS special to tell us this, either. When was the last time you skipped over a news segment because it seemed sympathetic to an argument you had already decided you opposed? I confess: it was hard for me to avoid turning to MSNBC last time I wanted to watch the news. It’s easy for me to watch that channel because I know that a lot of what they say will resonate with my own personal opinions, and I imagine that many of my conservative friends feel the same about FOX. It’s not that these channels are all bad; but when we watch them, we don’t have to consider the opposing side, or even recognize that a legitimate opposition exists. I think it’s shameful that the news media has devolved far enough to make one-sided coverage of issues into the norm, and I think reflects poorly on the people of this country that we have allowed them to. I imagine that the majority of us at PH don’t care so much about politics. But regardless of whether you care right now or not, we’re our country’s future voters. When our generation is the one deciding who runs the country, I hope that we will be making our decisions based not on propaganda, but on facts.





A UGUST 2012

EDITOR IN CHIEF Camille Smith DESIGN EDITOR Nick Buchberg Breaking the Language Barrier (5)

Park Hill’s Ace (9)


Going Viral(4)

New Image of Drug Use (13)

Cleaning out the Classics (3)

Hooked on Social Media (14)

PHOTO EDITOR Kaylin Lake REPORTERS Jake Bjornlie Beth Cooper Chloe Lane Jesus Reyes Rylee Stoulil Clare Yost BUSINESS MANAGER Brett Stone WEBMASTER Molly Weis WEB EDITOR Shannon Barry

Up to Par (10)

MYPARKHILL.COM JT Fopeano Zoe Butler Sadie Derry






El inglés, es el lenguaje más estudiado en el mundo, es el lenguaje internacional. El programa de ESL es importante para todas las personas que llegan de otra parte del mundo que vienen a los Estados Unidos a aprender inglés. La profesora de Park Hill la Sra. Fudge es muy buena y te ayuda con todo de la que ella pueda, ella trata para que todos sus estudiantes aprendan el inglés, les ayuda con lectura, escritura, hablar y a entender. Las personas que vienen a los Estados Unidos, lo hacen porque quieren iniciar una nueva vida, quieren que sus hijos sean algo mejor de lo que ellos eran, quieren que el futuro de sus hijos este seguro. Quieren salir del mundo en el que no se sentían seguros. Piensan que el inglés les va ayudar con su futuro. Es cierto que el inglés les va a ayudar por que en todas las partes del mundo, las personas quieren personas que hablen dos idiomas. Yo estoy en el programa. Me ha ayudado mucho porque aprendí el inglés y mis clases se mi hicieron más fácil por que aprendí a hablar inglés. Es cierto que el inglés te ayuda mucho. For an English translation of staff writer and former ESL student Jesus Reyes’ column, visit

Senior Shams Sabri is originally from Iraq. She asks ESL teacher Caitlin Fudge about an assignment.

sophomore Jean Ordeus- Haiti

junior Phonchanit Thongpichai- Thailand

senior Aping Ater- South Sudan

junior Anhar Sabri- Iraq

Sophomores Ali Alsubaih of Iraq and Josue Cendejas of Mexico work during their ESL class period. Room 404 is where all ESL classes are held, and it is also where students who have graduated from the program spend their homeroom.

By: Jesus Reyes Although the ESL (English as a Second Language) program is misunderstood by many at Park Hill, for the students who are enrolled in it, this program is valuable in helping them learn the English language. “At first ESL was a language arts class. Two years ago, I worked hard to make it better. It became an academic support class. They have learning time and homework time in one class period,” ESL teacher Caitlin Fudge said. The first thirty minutes of class is work time, where students focus on reading, writing, and other basic skills. After that, they have more work time where Fudge helps the students with their homework for other classes. Many of the more advanced ESL students no longer have ESL as a class period; these students also work with Fudge during homeroom. The main focus of ESL is to help students refine their English skills, in the context of the material they’re learning for their other classes. Although the ESL program creates a learning environment for the students enrolled in it, students are still enrolled in regular academic classes. Occasionally, this can present a challenge for both the teachers and the students. “Sometimes the teacher forgets that they have an ESL student. Sometimes they think they don’t have to make those changes, when there are actually laws in the United States that say you have to make changes for ESL students. It’s natural for teachers to wonder why they have to make these

changes, because it’s more work for teachers, and teachers are busy people,” said Fudge. “Over the last four years, teachers have come a long way with understanding and realizing that they need to make the changes.” Teachers oftentimes have so many classes that it can be hard to keep track of the individual needs of each student. ESL students, who sometimes need more help to keep up with the coursework, can fall behind. “Yes, the teachers forget that I’m an ESL student, but I have to remind them every time,” ESL student Elisabeth Thuth said. A common misconception about the ESL program is the stereotype that every student in ESL speaks Spanish, or is from a Hispanic area. However, the most common language in Park Hill’s ESL program now is Arabic. The second most common language is Dinka, the language spoken in Sudan. The ESL program is also home to students from Micronesia, Ethiopia, Korea, Haiti, and Thailand. The ESL students have to face this difficult task every day; they have to learn and keep up with their class. If they fall behind, It’s easy for a ESL student to fail a class. “If I said, ‘Hey, I’m going to send you to Japan and expect you to learn math, biology, and Japanese history, and expect you to pass all your classes and graduate,’ it would be really difficult,” said Fudge, illustrating what the ESL students have to work through every day at Park Hill.



CLEANING OUT THE CLASSICS By: Camille Smith check them out. We check to see if a book has shelf appeal.” There are 9800 books in the Park Hill High School media center. However, After the books are weeded from library collections, they are sent to this is a number that was only reached after a substantial amount of a storage facility at Park University. According to Colling, the books are “weeding.” then resold and the money recirculated, which is a change from previous “Since 2010, I’ve weeded about 7000 books from all areas of the policies. collection,” Media Center director Dana Kepler said. “No area is exempt “It used to be that we gave these books to students in foreign from weeding.” countries who couldn’t afford books. But then the thought changed to—is Weeding is a term that many Park Hill students may not be familiar with it fair to give students books with bad information just because they’re in regards to libraries. It is the process that all librarians must go through poor?” said Colling. at some point to remove Several faculty members at Park outdated and unusable books Hill feel that the weeding process has from their collection. Park led to the disposal of valuable books. Hill School District’s goal is Some of these teachers, including to have ten to fifteen books Dr. Kepler, have attempted to save per student in each of their these books from disposal. All of the school’s libraries, and those books pictured with this story are no books should have been longer in Park Hill’s database of books. published an average of no Dr. Kepler has pulled them from the more than 12 years ago. general shelves, and although they Media Center director Dana Kepler “If we have a copy of To are still available for students to read, Kill A Mockingbird and the according to the system they no longer copyright is 1970, standards exist. say I have to buy a new copy based on copyright, which gets expensive,” Other teachers have also rescued books destined for disposal, storing Kepler said. “I have 373 books with a 1964 copyright. Even though they them in their own classrooms. However, this is frowned on by district might be pieces of classic literature, these books drag down my collection.” administrators. District Media Coordinator Barb Colling is responsible for every book “The practice has been that if a librarian is taking books out of the that enters and leaves district libraries, and is familiar with the weeding system, then why would you want to share that information? So we have process. She offers a different perspective. a practice of not giving those books back to teachers if the librarian has “We look at whether or not it’s an inviting book to check out,” District deemed them inappropriate,” said Colling. Media Coordinator Barb Colling said. “Old books from the 60’s had solid District administrators deny the rumor that weeded books, instead of color covers, and newer ones have pictures that make students want to being resold, are sometimes disposed of.

SInce 2010, I’ve weeded about 7000 books from all areas of the collection.

Media Center director Dana Kepler standing among books she has weeded but is unwilling to dispose of. Many of these books are considered old or outdated, and are no longer part of the school’s official collection.




(Top) Drumline members waited in the library for their turn in the lip dub. Senior Graham Deckard represented drumline as a lip syncer. (Middle) Tarkus reprepsentatives, and members of other organizations, cheered in the senior hallway. Three attempts at filming the lib dub gave participants plenty of time to perfect their performances. (Bottom) Freshman executive council members showed off their school spirit with a Trojan Pride sign. Senior Daniel Chen, also pictured, prepared for his part in the lip dub.

By: Chloe Lane “Hey, I just met you, and this is crazy, but here’s my number, so call me, maybe?” After PH’s first official lip dub the other day, this chart-topping hit is most likely still stuck in most of the student body’s heads. Schools like Staley, Kearney, Plaza, and now PH have joined in this craze that is sweeping the nation. Projects like these are used to show off the school as a whole and raise school spirit. “The goal is to showcase all of the activities, sports, and clubs at Park Hill. We want to show off what a great school we have. Hopefully by doing this, we generate school spirit. Personally, I think it would be fun if Park Hill South or other high schools around us tried to outdo our lip dub. We would have to do another one next year to one-up this one so each year, our school spirit can grow,” STUCO sponsor Jennifer Paschall said. It’s not only the teachers who think this will raise spirit, but also students. “Although the lip dub has been a lot of work to plan, we know it will get the entire school pumped up for all the events leading up to homecoming,” junior STUCO officer Abby Peoples said. In addition to school spirit, the lip dub will also display the school itself. “We decided on using most of the school to show what Park Hill has to offer for its students. It shows off grade levels, classrooms, gyms, awards, and hallways. Basically, to show off the school,” STUCO president Katie Hibbeler said. A lot of preparation went into putting something like this on. A route had to be made; auditions were put on to choose the lip dubbers; clubs, teams, and students participating in other activities that choose to be involved had to create signs and plan out things to do while the camera passed; practices had to be scheduled. All these things had to be done and ready in time for the big show. Along with all that, there was added pressure since this was only done in one shot. “The preparation is daunting. I have never done this before, so I’m not sure if the preparations I am making are being done with enough time in mind, or enough practices scheduled. I have ideas in my head about what I want it to look like, but I have no idea if it will actually turn out the way I want it to. Without having done this before, I don’t know what kind of snags we will run in to. It’s scary,” said Paschall. One of the most important elements for the whole thing was the actual song chosen. It had to be school appropriate and be able to get all the students excited. “Since we have a selection to choose from, we didn’t really have a choice. Personally, I’d pick something more school oriented, like the Trojan Fight song. As the STUCO officers, we chose a song from the list that is peppy and that would get the student body’s spirit up,” said Hibbeler. ‘Call Me Maybe’ by Carly Rae Jepsen became popular over this past summer and has most likely been on repeat in America’s head ever since. “It was kind of predictable, but I think it is upbeat and peppy enough to get everyone in the spirited mood. I honestly just hope that everyone takes this seriously and has fun with it. This is a great opportunity for Park Hill to come together and bond as a school,” junior Kellen Hammons said. The completed lip dub is now available for viewing on Youtube.





By: Kaylin Lake Park Hill is constantly changing, and this past summer the school has made some new additions to the school. Since last summer everything from the coursework to the school lunches has changed immensely. One change that’s attracting a lot of attention is the different set of rules for homeroom. Red cards are no longer able to get a pass from a teacher to leave their homeroom. This is a change from last year, where students of any level of privilege card were able to get a pass from any teacher in order to leave. However, privileged cards will still have passing time later in the school year. Starting on Sept. 24, seniors were allowed to leave for the first time and travel to the library or the cafeteria. With this came another rule-no labs. Students who are failing classes still have Wednesday Support Block or WSB for support. WSB now starts at 7:25 am, instead of 7:30 am. “We wanted to create a situation -Dr. Brad Kincheloe that made a better way to get to know your [homeroom] class and teacher,” principal Dr. Brad Kincheloe said. Another new rule this year is known as Self Report. If a student goes to the office to turn themself in for their tardies then they get one detention off. This teaches students to take responsibility for their actions. Classrooms get interrupted too often by having an officer come in to pull a student out to tell them about their tardies. By adding this new rule, the school is trying to minimize cutting into class time. “We spend too much time interrupting class, and we want to cut back on

that,” said Kincheloe. Starting with sophomores this year, all students will have to pass an online course to graduate because as they advance there will be plenty of opportunities to take classes online. Most students typically will take Personal Finance as their online course, but it’s totally up to the student as to which online class they want to take. Some other options for online classes are Animation and Game Design, Chinese, AP Statistics, American History, AP Art History, Psychology, and Health and Personal Wellness. “I imagine there will be more and more online classes each year,” said Kincheloe. Freshmen also have to take Algebra II to graduate now, instead of just up to Geometry. However, it has been rumored that freshman will have to have 32 credits to graduate, which isn’t true. Like all other grade levels, they still need only 28. Lunch rules have probably had the biggest changes of all this school year, though. Students’ lunches are now required to include a fruit or vegetable, and they also have to meet certain calorie requirements. The amounts of calories have gone to a minimum 850, and if one doesn’t take the fruit or vegetable everything on their tray is charged as a la carte, making the lunch more expensive. “Of course we want to see kids eat healthy, so of course fruits and vegetables are a good thing. We hope everyone will help support us,” lunch supervisor Shauna Powell said

We wanted to create a situation that made a better way to get to know your [homeroom] class and teacher.





By: Riley Stoulil Anyone who is looking for junior Brooke Barnard can find her at the tennis courts, brushing up on her skills as the number one spot on varsity for Park Hill. Barnard loves tennis and has been playing for practically her whole life. “My dad started my brother and I when we were four. It was always a family thing, but I used to hate the sport and had to be dragged to the courts. Seventh grade was when I got serious about it and began tournaments,” said Barnard. Since she began playing competitively, Barnard has worked very hard at every practice and match. In both singles and doubles, her goal was to get herself nationally ranked. “For my summer team through USTA [United States Tennis Association], we ranked third in the national intermediate division,” said Barnard. To work her way to the top, she has put in blood, sweat, and tears. As with any other sport, there are other parts of the game that need practice too. For instance, pre-game can make or break an athlete’s frame of mind during the match. “I think the mental aspect is the main thing in preparing for a match. I listen to pump-up music before every match to get energy,” said Barnard. Not only does she play for herself and her own success, but Barnard gives her all for the benefit of the team. “Playing for something bigger than yourself, such as the Park Hill team, is an amazing feeling. Everyone’s match counts towards the team so it’s really important to push each other and cheer each other on,” said Barnard. While playing with a great team, some interesting things have happened to Barnard over the last couple of years. “On our road to state, we played Lee’s Summit North and the girl I was playing missed a volley at the net, so she took the ball and slammed it into the net, looked me straight in the eye and started growling at me. That was the weirdest experience I’ve ever had,” said Barnard. Although strange things do happen, at the end of the day, the thing that truly matters is her relationship with her teammates. “[I love] being able to compete with a good group of girls. Our tennis team has a reputation for winning and it’s great to compete to keep our streak going,” said Barnard.


LADY GOLFERS RAISE TEAM SPIRIT AND CHARITY FUNDS By: Zach Hahn What defines a team? Many would say that it’s a group of people working together to accomplish a common goal. The Lady Trojan Golf Team fits such a definition, with one difference: the team works together to accomplish a few united goals instead of just one. “It is going to be a successful year because we work hard to improve each and every day. We hope to win Conference and Districts and qualify a team for State. Every tournament we have played in we have finished in the top three and we have won every match,” girls’ golf coach Tari Garner said. Having played a great season last year, a priority of this year’s team is to get to the State Tournament. This is a very ambitious goal, but don’t start to think that they’re stuck in a sand trap. The team has high hopes for this year. “I think we have a shot. We have a solid one, two, and three this year: [sophomore] Adrianna Elliott, myself and [sophomore] Sydney Paulek. I think we’ve filled in the spots and we’ll have a good team,” senior Bailey Warlen said. Park Hill’s golf teams have a different setup than other sports teams. Instead of the entire team playing in events, only the top five players compete. Currently, Elliott is the number one ranked player on the team, followed by Warlen in second and Paulek in third. Having recently placed their fourth player, senior Jaque Yang, the team has played in a few events already even though they have yet to choose a definite fifth place. “So far we are doing very well. We have won two big tournaments this year so far and have placed second and third in the other two tournaments. We are undefeated in all of our matches at the varsity and JV level. We hope to compete well at Districts, Sectionals and the State Tournament,” said Garner. Despite getting off on a shaky start, the girls’ golf team has still had amazing success. The team’s first golf tournament put them against Liberty North, a team rumored to be the best in state,

where they took home second. Warlen medaled second place and Elliott medaled fourth place. Since then they’ve had matches against Platte County, Kearney, Park Hill South, Winnetonka and Truman. The team won the St. Joseph Invitational Tournament and placed third in the William Chrisman Tournament. The team also placed second in the Conference game, and Warlen medaled first overall. “Everyone’s been practicing and doing better than last year. It’s a lot of fun for everyone and we all get along. Everyone on the team is trying to do better than last year,” said Elliott. But the golf green isn’t the only place where the team tears up some grass. The Park Hill Lady Golfers have a goal that they want to give something back, and have participated in a few charity events. Currently, the team is working with the Harvester’s Give Lunch Challenge, a charity event that supports underprivileged youth programs and the homeless teen mobile food pantry. Team members set up and manage Harvesters Donation Collection boxes at football games as well as at the Tiffany Greens golf course, Park Hill High School and Congress Middle School. “We store the collected goods at the homes of volunteer golf parents and will have a special gathering in early November to assemble the lunches and deliver to Harvesters for distribution. This opportunity is an important team bonding experience as well as an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others that need our help,” said Garner. In addition to the Harvester’s Give Lunch Challenge, the golfers also participated in a “Drive for the Cure” golf tournament that helped to raise over $4500 toward breast cancer research. “It has been an amazing season and I am Photos donated by Shelby Bryant. Top: Sophomores­ extremely proud of the girls for their hard work at the course and for their willingness to work and Sydney Paulak and Josie Stevenson prepare for a game. Bottom: Senior Bailey Warlen plays in a tournament. help others,” said Garner.





By: Beth Cooper Recently, there have been billboards with rainbow bunnies all over the place in Kansas City. These billboards promote Google Fiber, but many facts are unclear as to exactly what that is. “It’s something to do with really fast Internet right?” junior Kylee Huffman said. And Huffman is correct. Google Fiber does include faster Internet, and there is more to it. “Essentially, Google Fiber is just really fast Internet. It’s the fastest Internet available bundled with television service,” Digital Electronics and Physics teacher Ray Willard said. It appears that Google Fiber has quickly found supporters throughout the school. Senior Tom Morrison even tried to start a club to gather more support for the service. “I tried [to start a Google Fiber club], but it didn’t go through. It’d be a huge asset to the school, and I really want it,” said Morrison. Google Fiber will run at 1000 megabytes [MB] per second, 100 times faster than the average Internet today. Running at 1000 MB per second means that computers will be able to download 1000 megabytes in one second, and since the average Internet speed is only 100 mb per second, Google Fiber will run 100 times faster. This will mean no

Sophomore Jordan Bartley surfs the Internet. Although PHHS’s neighborhood did not qualify for the initial rollout of Google Fiber, it will receive the service eventually.

longer having to wait for videos to buffer. “Most people only run five MB per second. I have 20 MB per second, but it [Google Fiber] would increase the upload and download the speed to 1000,” said Willard. Google Fiber also combines both Internet and television. People with this service will be able to record eight programs simultaneously, and will be able to use two terabytes of storage, which means that there will be plenty of room on DVRs. If the northland area were to be one of the “fiberhoods” to receive the Internet service, hospitals, libraries, and all schools in the Park Hill School District would also receive the service for free. “According to the Google Fiber blog, every part of Kansas City will be remembered. Even north of the river should eventually get it. The school would receive it for free. It [Google Fiber] would provide great options for teachers and students; there could be review sessions online where the teacher or students wouldn’t even have to be there,” said Willard. However, Google Fiber is not free. In late July, Google announced exactly how it will break up the cost of the service: TV and high speed Internet service will be available for $120 a month, standalone high speed Internet service for $70 a month, and conventional broadband (the most used and efficient form of Internet) for seven years to customers who pay a $300 installation fee. “We’re the first in the entire world to receive it. It’s twenty times faster, and the next biggest thing for the Internet since broadband,” said Morrison.

Golden Ox Nestled into the heart of Kansas City is the famous Golden

By: Mackenzie Thomas Kansas City is a treasure chest of delicacies. Good restaurants fill every corner and crevice of the area. Rich scents float out of business doors and colored platters draw people in. See here where students love to venture to make their taste buds beg for more.

Kate’s Kitchen For people who want to go out for breakfast or lunch, with the feel of being at home, Kate’s Kitchen is there to welcome you with a smile. Although the menu is not huge, it is made up for by the quality of the items listed. Working off their menu, Kate’s Kitchen will even take special orders and try to accommodate them to the best of their ability. With their incredible service and reasonable prices, it’s no surprise that the restaurant has a pretty big following in the Kansas City area. “It’s like a neighborhood diner. Everyone feels comfortable and it’s pretty laid back. You never feel rushed, but they get your food to you quick,” science teacher Del Anderson said.

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Ox. Senior Elizabeth Peoples, recommends this as one of the best places in town. Here since the 1960’s, The Golden Ox is themed around the old stockyards, where it was actually built. Using their history as a driving point, when one walks into the restaurant they are encompassed by a feeling of being in the Old West. On top of the history behind the establishment and its firm place in Kansas City’s history, the service and quality of the food is rated extremely high, especially their well-known steak. “Kansas City was built up on the cattle and stockyards, just like the Golden Ox—it’s a little piece of history,” said Peoples.

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Have a sweet tooth? Love the taste of a delicious cake in a size made just for one? Then SmallCakes: A Cupcakery is the place to be. Located just inside Parkville, this bakery is full of sweet treats and friendly smiles. “We like to make our store a welcoming atmosphere with all of our seats and couches,” Smallcakes owner Debbie Juravac said. At SmallCakes, desserts aren’t just for after dinner. They have specials every Monday from 4-8 pm where cupcakes are buy one, get one half off. One might snatch up a favorite flavor like the peanut butter cup, chocolate cream, birthday cake, or pink vanilla. Students with a Facebook can even check out their page for more deals and specials.




THE NEW IMAGE OF DRUG USE By: Brett Stone “Vote for Vodka,” “Drinking Team USA,” and “I drink you’re cute” are some of the phrases included in Urban Outfitters’ new “drinking” themed clothing line. These shirts are a perfect example of the increasing acceptance of drugs into teen culture. Park Hill’s SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) club recognizes that this is a problem. “Drugs are becoming normalized because people do them all the time. Since almost everybody does it, people think it’s normal,” Park Hill senior and SADD president Jenny Tsai said. Students aren’t the only ones to notice this problem. Teachers are also starting to pick up on it. “Students talk about drugs very freely as if it is not a bad thing. They joke about it,” science teacher and SADD sponsor Ellen Reys said. However, Reys does encourage discussing drugs. She believes silence isn’t a solution. “Drugs are something that you should take very seriously. I don’t think we shouldn’t talk about it, just in the right context,” Reys said. Normalization of drugs is a problem that appears to be hard to solve. Drugs have become idolized in television shows directed toward teens, like the drama Skins. “Media has a big influence on teenagers because we are surrounded by drugs today through all our electronics. We see it on the Internet, we see it on TV all the time, and we hear it in music. It becomes normal for us,” junior and SADD member Stephanie Kay said.

As big of a problem as this may be, SADD has been brainstorming possible ways to help become part of the solution. “If we have friends who are influenced by drugs we should be good role models around them. We shouldn’t scare them away so they get further into their drugs,” Kay said. However, SADD is discussing more direct methods. Reys said SADD can help by campaigning and raising general awareness, as they have done in the past with their campaign to end distracted driving. However, Reys also thinks it would be ideal to get speakers. “I think if we had speakers in the school that would be really neat. I’d love getting people to share their stories and how their lives have been affected by drugs,” Reys said. Cara Filler, a spokeswoman against reckless driving, mentioned during her presentation at Park Hill that she has visited hundreds of high schools, and every school lost a student to reckless driving. Park Hill felt its loss to drunk driving with Alex Huber two years ago. However, these tragedies still haven’t slowed the commonness of drug use. “Some people don’t know the facts. They think it’s fun and their friends and peers do it. A lot of kids would rather party and get drunk than do sober stuff,” Tsai said. Drugs have become something to laugh about, but they can be life-ruining.

Top: SADD officers Junior Stephanie Kay and seniors Jenny Tsai and Amanda Sarver all vote no for these new trending t-shirts.

More than 60 percent of teens said that drugs were sold, used, or kept at their school.

In 2008, 1.9 million teens age 12 to 17 abused prescription drugs.

By the 8th grade, 52 percent of adolescents have consumed alcohol, 41 percent have smoked cigarettes, and 20 percent have used marijuana.

IT’S NOT JUST YOU: HOOKED ON SOCIAL MEDIA By: Claire Yost Teens all across the nation are known for spending every minute of their lives on the internet. There are multiple websites teens enjoy, including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, and Pinterest. These social media sites have affected most teens’ lives, both positively and negatively. “Twitter and Instagram were a part of how I met my best friend; this was another way for us to communicate and make plans when we first met,” sophomore Kara Strickland said. These social media sites are a way of keeping up with friends and other activities that are going on in the world. Twitter has over 500 million users. With that many, there are always people tweeting about what they are doing. “I tweet anything that comes to mind that I want people to see or anything that I think of as long as it’s appropriate, whether it be a tweet or a picture on Instagram or Facebook,” Strickland said. There is a lot of information that could be passed through social media, whether it has to do with activities, daily routines, personal issues, or anything else on teens’ minds. People are very open on these websites, sometimes a little too open. However, the things that people write can be helpful to others that might be making plans or trying to figure out something. “Twitter affects my daily life because if nobody had one, then I wouldn’t know what was going on with everybody and what everybody was doing. I also use Twitter to communicate with my friends and family in other states,” senior Nick Jones said. Many people choose creative names to represent themselves on social media, and there’s usually a meaning behind them all. “I stay up late at night to tweet. So I came up with the name Midnight Tweets. I come up with my best tweets at night,” senior Riley Fahrenholz said. Now, Park Hill itself is trying to find their way of fitting in to the social media craze. They have come up with a website called Red so that people can get alerts to their phone or email about an upcoming event that they are involved in. In order to get their alerts, students sign up for what classes, clubs and activities they are in. (Top) Junior Lynn Huynh refreshes the Twitter feed on her phone and scrolls through her Facebook newsfeed on her laptop. (Bottom) Senior Artis Norfleet, junior Emily Villarreal, and senior Kayla Toyne all check on their accounts while at lunch.

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